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Ken Ray can see the future. At a celebration of New York State’s first delivery of renewable propane to his company terminal, he spoke proudly of his vision and commitment to help fleets reduce harmful carbon emissions – starting right now.
The president of Ray Energy hosted New York State’s first delivery of renewable propane at a reception and lunch with industry, state, and community leaders in April.
The event, held at the company’s propane terminal in Hampton, New York, drew about 100 attendees, including leaders from the New York Propane Gas Association, PERC, and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association. Hampton is near the Vermont border.
Renewable propane is made from biomass feedstocks and waste products. It’s nearly identical to conventional propane in how it’s stored, distributed, and used. But it’s sustainable, free of fossil fuels, and less than half the carbon intensity of grid electricity.
When used as a fuel in vehicles, renewable propane has a carbon intensity of 19 percent. That’s five times better than conventional diesel and gasoline and less than half the carbon intensity of grid electricity. And at the point of combustion, renewable propane autogas is carbon neutral, making it much cleaner than other energy sources.
As I told event attendees, using renewable propane in medium-duty trucks like the Class 6 box trucks used by postal service contractors can save 12 tons of CO2 in a year compared to identical EV trucks running that same duty cycle in Vermont.
Electrify-everything advocates are working hard to convince fleet owners that only electricity can meet America’s fleet needs and protect the environment. Renewable propane already is on the job proving them wrong.